Israel Update

July 12, 2012

“Arise, Lord, and let not man triumph. Let the nations be judged in your presence.” Psalm 9:19

MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD’S SUPREME LEADER CALLS FOR JIHAD ON ISRAEL: The supreme leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, and of its president-elect Mohammed Morsi, has called for jihad on Israel. A report was cited in last Thursday’s Egypt-based Al Wafd newspaper. The article said, "Muhammad Badi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide, confirmed the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists Israelis and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims." Badi “called on all Muslims to wage jihad with their money and their selves to free al-Quds”, the same exact language one finds in al-Qaeda’s tracts. Some have portrayed Badi as the true power behind Egypt’s presidency, with Morsi acting as his puppet. US President Obama has invited Morsi to conduct an official visit to the US in September. Morsi has also received an invitation from his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to attend a summit, which will be held in Tehran on August 29. Ahmadinejad has publicly called to wipe Israel off the map. Egypt and Iran had no relations since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, but signs towards close ties and even an alliance have emerged since the departure of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. (Jihad Watch/INN) “Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with destruction.” Ps 5:9

US IGNORES ISRAELI TERROR VICTIMS: Israel is one of the most prominent targets for terror, and number of Israeli victims of terror is one of the highest in the world, but the US did not even mention the country at a global anti-terror conference. Maria Otero, US Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, speaking at a Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) said, “Around the world, terrorists make their mark on the world through acts of hate. They proclaim their values with a deep and disturbing indifference to human life.” Otero added that “the United States and so many countries around the world,” have experienced the pain of terror. She did not mention Israel. Otero then said, “Last September I had the privilege to introduce the premier of a film ‘Hear their Voices,’ which tells the stories of eleven survivors of terrorist attacks from Pakistan, Jordan, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Turkey, Indonesia, India, Spain, Columbia and the United States.” Israel was not mentioned. Last month, Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, addressed a Global Counterterrorism event in Istanbul and referred to terror in Turkey, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, Nigeria, the Maghreb, Europe and Latin America. But no mention was made of Israel, even though it suffered the fifth highest terror deaths of any country between 1968 and 2006. (INN)

US President Barack Obama has invited his Egyptian counterpart, Mohammed Morsi, to conduct an official visit to the US in September. This will be the first visit ever to the US by a member of the genocidal Muslim Brotherhood in an official capacity. Obama previously made a congratulatory phone call to Morsi when his victory in Egypt’s presidential elections was made official. Obama also confirmed his commitment towards democratic development in Egypt and offered his country’s support for the Egyptian economy. The Muslim Brotherhood, which was banned from political activity due to its subversive tactics for the past 60 years, captured the presidency after prolonged violent protests ousted former strongman, Hosni Mubarak. The rebellion that has swept through the Arab world in the last two years was encouraged, among other things, by Obama's speech in Cairo in 2009, in which he sought a "new beginning" in relations between the US and adherents of the Muslim religion. Obama's invitation to Morsi would seem to indicate he is not overly concerned about a negative reaction by Jewish voters in the election two months afterwards. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a two-day stop in Egypt next week (Arutz-7) Evidence upon evidence mounts that this US administration is sadly lacking in discernment and credibility in their claims to be “Israel’s best friend.” It is of vital importance to continue in prayer for the soon coming US elections – both for the sake of the Jewish state as well as America.

MORSI DEFIES RULING GENERALS, ORDERS PARLIAMENT TO RECONVENE: Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday ordered the country's dissolved Parliament back in session in his first public challenge of the ruling military council. His decision to override the military council threatens the fragile relationship between the generals and Morsi, who is heavily backed by the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist entity. Morsi’s defiance could signal the start of a push by the new president to assert his executive authority over the military council, which has governed directly or in the shadows since modern Egypt was created with the 1952 overthrow of the country's monarchy. Morsi's decision came following a court's ruling on an appeal filed by members of Egypt's recently elected Parliament, challenging the decision by the military rulers to dissolve it. They did so after Egypt's Supreme Court invalidated the Islamist Parliament comprised largely of the Muslim Brotherhood and even more fanatical Salafi party. (AP/McClatchy) Continue to prayerfully follow the events in Egypt as the Arab world’s most populous nation is now under Islamic leadership. The US is presently embracing Egypt’s newly elected President Morsi, and his backer the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist organization. Morsi, in turn, is reportedly renewing Egypt’s long-fractured relations with Iran. For the sake of public appearance and the Western media, Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, may for awhile, present a conciliatory face towards Israel and the West. But the underlying intent and goal of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups is violence and destruction – jihad – especially against its most hated foe – Israel.

COURT OVERRULES EGYPT’S PRESIDENT ON PARLIAMENT: Egypt's Higher Constitutional Court on Tuesday halted the decision by newly elected President Mohammed Morsi to call the nation's parliament back into session. The court also "affirmed its rule to dissolve parliament and considers it invalid," said a consultant affiliated with Egypt's Justice Ministry. The ruling is the latest move in a power struggle between Morsi and the country's military rulers, who dissolved the legislature last month. The parliament, recalled by Morsi, convened for less than an hour Tuesday. The session was the first since the nation's highest court said parliamentary elections were unconstitutional, prompting the military to disband the body. Morsi, who took office June 30, opted to override the edict of the military, which has run the country since the 2011 revolution that ousted leader Hosni Mubarak. Lawyers representing Morsi criticized the court's latest decision, saying the ruling was a political move that would further complicate the crisis. On Monday, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) reminded Morsi of its own powerful position in the country, when it issued a statement saying it expects all state institutions to respect the constitution - a barely-disguised warning to the newly-elected Muslim Brotherhood member. (CNN/Israel National News)

RUSSIA SENDS WARSHIPS TO SYRIA: Russia dispatched a flotilla of warships to its naval base in the Syrian port of Tartus on Tuesday in an apparent show of support for President Bashar al-Assad. Two destroyers and three amphibious landing vessels carrying marines set sail from Russian bases in the Arctic and the Black Sea, according to Russian military sources. Western diplomats say the purpose of the mission is to show tangible support for Assad, to warn the West against military intervention in Syria, and to prepare for the possible evacuation of Russian nationals from the country. (Telegraph-UK)

IRAN’S BALLISTIC MISSILES IMPROVING: Iran's military continues to improve the accuracy and killing power of its long and short-range ballistic missiles, including designing a weapon to target vessels, according to a Pentagon report to Congress. "Iran has boosted the lethality and effectiveness of existing systems by improving accuracy and developing new submunition payloads that extend the destructive power over a wider area than a solid warhead,” according to the June 29 report signed by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. The improvements are in tandem with regular ballistic-missile training that "continues throughout the country" and the addition of "new ships and submarines," the report found. The findings were provided to the four congressional defense committees last week. The report added: “We assess with high confidence that over 30 years Iran has methodically cultivated a network of sponsored terrorist surrogates capable of targeting US and Israeli interests.” (Bloomberg) Continue to pray for global alertness and divinely charted strategies to come into play in order to avert and dismantle the threat Iran is to Israel and the nations. Other news may dominate the headlines as the Middle East is in the throes of upheaval and disaster - meanwhile the Islamic Republic continues with its production of unlawfully enriched uranium and weapons of mass destruction.

PALESTINIANS ARRESTED FOR SETTING JERUSALEM FIRE: Two Palestinians, 17 and 18, from the village of Kfar Katana in the West Bank were arrested on suspicion of setting a large wildfire near Kibbutz Ma'ale Hahamisha two weeks ago. Nine firefighting crews and two aircraft were needed to gain control of the blaze. Police Commander Gilad Bahat said, "As far as we know, the motive was nationalist and intended to cause damage." (Ynet)

ARAB SNIPER HITS EMPTY BABY SEAT: A Palestinian Authority Arab sniper aimed at the junction to Kibbutz Yad Mordechai on Monday evening, and scored a direct hit into the rear windshield of a car. At least one bullet went dead center into the back of a baby's car seat. But the seat's 7-month-old occupant miraculously wasn't there. A total of 10 bullets were fired at the vehicle. The attack also damaged the wall of the restaurant located at the junction. The sniper fire came as part of a spate of terror attacks aimed at southern Israel on Monday. Earlier in the day, an anti-tank missile was fired at a group of Israeli farmers working near the security fence in the Eshkol district. No one was physically wounded. Later in the evening, PA Arab terrorists in Gaza launched a rocket attack on the Israeli coastal region. Numerous people suffered anxiety, and symptoms were triggered in those with post-traumatic stress disorder. Numerous research studies have shown the majority of residents living in southern Israel, including the children, are suffering from trauma-related conditions as a direct result of having lived under the unabated threat of terrorist rocket fire for so long. (Arutz-7) Residents of Yad Mordechai have rightly called it a miracle that sniper fire hit an “empty” baby’s car seat. Such miracles are answers to prayer. Please continue to intercede that all manner of weapons aimed against Israel will miss the mark!

MAJORITY OF GAZANS SUPPORT ARMED ATTACKS AGAINST ISRAEL’S CIVILIANS: A poll conducted in the West Bank and Gaza in late June 2012 asked: Do you support armed attacks against Israeli civilians inside Israel? Some 66% of Gazans polled said they support such attacks. Additionally 53% of Gazans said they support a return to the armed intifada and violent confrontations with the Jewish state. (Daily Alert)

Blessings from Israel 

Barry Segal with the Editorial Staff 


As international speakers and messengers of the Good News through music, Barry and Batya Segal are at the forefront of what God is doing in the present day nation of Israel. With strong ties in both the nations and Jerusalem, the Segals are weaving the deepest roots of our biblical heritage together with the fresh Spirit-filled worship of today to create their rich harmony of Scripture and song.

The Segals have a vast vision for God's purposes in the nations and to the people of Israel. In fact, their longing to help rebuild Israel both spiritually and physically inspired them to pioneer the non-profit charity organization, Vision for Israel and The Joseph Storehouse. This arm of their ministry focuses on assisting the poor and needy, widows and orphans, and reaching out to the new Jewish immigrants coming into the land of Israel. Vision 's most challenging project to date is "The Joseph StorehouseŽ", humanitarian aid center, located in the hills of Jerusalem. The Joseph Storehouse functions as a channel of blessing to all of Israel, Jewish and Arab, through the gathering and distribution of emergency medical supplies, food, clothing, and other basic life necessities. USA office contact info: Vision for Israel, PO Box 7743, Charlotte NC 28241, 866-351-0075. The Segal's web site is


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